Gallery Welcomes Spring with Avant-Garden Exhibition
VA-Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center will host Avant-Garden,
from March 21 through April 27. This exhibition presents
contemporary definitions of the garden in both fine art and craft.
Mark Leithauser, Senior Curator and Chief of Design at the National
Gallery of Art, selected the work in the exhibition. A reception
will be held on Thursday, April 10, from 6-9 PM. Mr. Leithauser
will give a Juror's Talk starting at 7 PM on that evening. The exhibition,
reception, and lecture are free of charge and open to the public.
Nearly 450 works
were considered for the exhibition, a number that the juror found
a bit daunting. "Making choices about which work to include
in the Avant-Garden show was extremely difficult because of the
sheer number and the high quality of work submitted," says
Leithauser. Ultimately, he chose just a small number of works-37
in all-that represented a broad cross-section of artistic interpretations.
In a more traditional vein are works like Alexandria painter Niki
Pickett's Poppy Garden, which examines flowers in close detail.
Because of what he described as an "amazing array of media"
Leithauser also thought it important to represent modern craft in
the exhibition. For instance, Nancy Daniels' work Beetle is a brooch
made of mixed metals and found objects. Garden furniture, sculpture,
photography and fiber art are included as well.
is the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center,
displaying artwork in all media from artists across the United States
and abroad. Located on the ground floor of the Torpedo Factory Art
Center, Target is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12
noon to 5 pm and other times by appointment.
Sheep Jones, "Celeriac" Oil on Canvas 36" x 24"
All work in
exhibition is for sale. For further information, call Claire Huschle,
(Target Gallery Coordinator) 703.838.4565 ext. 4 or email